NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.- The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League, have signed returning forward Derek DeBlois and added veteran goaltender Mark Dekanich for the 2015-2016 season, Head Coach and General Manager Spencer Carbery announced.
DeBlois returns to the Stingrays after a fantastic rookie season in South Carolina. In 2014-15, the 24-year-old posted 45 points (21g-24a) in 59 games, leading the Stingrays in goals and finishing third in points. The Narragansett, R.I. native was a key part of South Carolina’s run to the 2015 Kelly Cup Finals, registering 29 points (11g-18a) in 27 playoff games.
DeBlois who enjoyed a standout collegiate career at the University of Michigan, also appeared in four games for the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League last season, scoring one goal. DeBlois will play with the Washington Capitals in an NHL Rookie Tournament from Sept. 12-15 in Estero, Fla.
Dekanich brings vast pro experience to the Stingrays including a stint with the NHL’s Nashville Predators in 2010. The 29-year-old has seven years of pro experience and has appeared in 162 career games in the AHL. He was named to the AHL All-Star Game during the 2010-11 season, and posted the league’s best save percentage with a .931 mark as a member of the Milwaukee Admirals that year. He made his NHL debut on Dec. 18, 2010, stopping 22 shots in a contest against the Los Angeles Kings.
Dekanich has also spent time in the Columbus Blue Jackets and Winnipeg Jets organizations before moving overseas for the last two seasons, skating with in Croatia with Medvescak Zagreb of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.